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Majdalani: Obstructing election a 'sin' against Christians

  • Future Movement MP Atef Majdalani speaks during an interview in Beirut. (The Daily Star/File)

BEIRUT: Future MP Atef Majdalani lashed out at the Free Patriotic Movement Monday, accusing the party of obstructing the presidential election, which he described as a "sin" against Christians in Lebanon.

“We cannot lose hope of electing a new president before the term of President Michel Sleiman ends on May 25,” Majdalani told Radio Orient.

“It is clear we are heading towards a vacuum in the presidency, for some unknown reason, and I believe that this pending phase would be at the expense of the Lebanese, particularly the Maronites,” he continued.

“Obstructing the quorum today is a sin against Christians, not just in the political life [of the country], but also in its administration,” he added.

Majdalani blamed the Free Patriotic Movement, headed by MP Michel Aoun, for obstructing the presidential election.

Aoun’s Change and Reform bloc and Hezbollah boycotted last week’s session to elect a new head of state, which failed to achieve quorum as a result.

Majdalani also warned against “such individualistic and non-Christian policies.”

Lebanon has until May 25, the end of President Michel Sleiman’s six-year-term, to elect a new head of state.

 
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